As you may know, my son Alex was diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis Stage 4 when he was 16 years old - 14 years ago. It took 2 years of chemotherapy and 4 years of prednisone therapy to get his lupus under control. It was a very scary time for us, a time I will never forget. Alex is the reason I am a founding member of the New York City Walk. He is the reason I am on the National Board of the Lupus Foundation of America. He is the reason I walk and will continue to walk to raise awareness, to raise funds and to do whatever I can for better medications and a cure for my son and the estimated 1.5 million people living with lupus in the United States.
I hope you will make a donation to help me reach my personal fundraising goal and support the Foundation's efforts to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus. Your contribution can make a definite impact. What’s more, if your employer offers a Matching Gift Program to employees, you may be able to double your contribution with just a little bit of paperwork. Trust me, it’s worth the effort! Every single dollar counts.
Did you know?
- Lupus is a mysterious and misunderstood autoimmune disease. It strikes without warning, affects each person differently, and has no known causes or cure.
- Lupus symptoms can be severe and highly unpredictable and can damage any organ or tissue, from the skin or joints to the heart or kidneys and can be fatal.
- While lupus can strike anyone at any time, 90% of people living with lupus are women. Women of color are at especially high risk.
- Only one drug has ever been developed and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration specifically to treat the disease.
Together, we can solve the cruel mystery of lupus. Thank you for your generosity!